Defenders of the Philippines

picture of captivity and picture of release from captivity

Elmer Long

Elmer Long Picture
Past National Commander

 Elmer Long was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Woodsboro, Maryland

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Marines.  He played with the Marine Band in 1935 San Diego International Exposition.  From 1936 to 1939 he served on the USS Maryland, at San Francisco and New York.

He was then appointed to HQ Co, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, in Shanghai China and then to Subic Bay in the Phillipines in December 28th, 1941.


He was in the Corregidor defense May 6, 1942.  The Japanese captured him and the as then moved to Bilibid, Cabanuatuan, P.I. Clark Field and Hanawa (Sendai #6) prison camps.  From 1946-1964, he served various Marine positions in construction, electrical/plumbing and instruction across the US and in Japan and Korea.  He retired as a captain in 1965.  He then worked with the Sanitary Engineers in the North Carolina Health Department.  He then operated a construction business until 1980.

 His decorations include the following:  Bronze Star, Combat V, Navy Commendation, one Star, Purple Heart, one Star, Army Distinguished Unit Service Badge, Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, three Stars, Asiatic-Pacific, One Star, Philippine Defense, one Star, American Defense, U.N. Service Ribbon, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, one Star, Korean Service, one Star, POW Medals.

He married Charlotte and they had two sons.